Because Women's Studies embraces the concepts of cooperation and collaboration, it works closely with other organizations on campus whose focus is the empowerment of women. In 1990, the Women's Studies Program played a major role in re-establishing Slippery Rock University's Women's Center. Located in Strain Behavioral Science Building, the center functions daily as a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff members. Brown bag lunches, films, reading and discussion groups, and organizational meetings occur there regularly. The graduate assistant who directs the Women's Center has an office there. A lending library of women's studies books and literature, and information about the Women's Studies Program at Slippery Rock University and other educational opportunities nationally and internationally are also located there.
Communication between the Women's Center and the Women's Studies Program is further facilitated by the participation of the director of women's studies on the advisory board for the Women's Center. The director of women's studies also is an ex-officio member of Slippery Rock University's President's Commission on Women. The Commission on Women at Slippery Rock, like the commissions mandated by the State System of Higher Education Affirmative Action Plan at each of the SSHE universities, is charged with ascertaining, exploring, and making recommendations regarding the climate for women on campus. The commission at Slippery Rock, which annually sponsors a reception for all new women hires at the university, has undertaken major studies of sexual harassment, child care, and promotions procedures.